Shasta Homeless Continuum of Care



The task of ending homelessness is important to us because:

  • Too many people experience homelessness;
  • The consequences of homelessness are severe for those experiencing it; and
  • The benefits to the community of ending homelessness outweigh the costs.

The three key players in place to address this problem are the Continuum of Care (CoC) Council, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and projects with local stakeholders. Each player has a crucial role:

CoC : the regional planning body who coordinates policies, strategies and activities, and prioritizes project applications for funding.

HUD: the administrator for federal grants.

Project: an activity to address homelessness sponsored by a local organization or agency.

To date, the City of Redding and Shasta County Homeless Continuum of Care Council has the following two projects which have been awarded funding and are currently in operation:

Francis Court Transitional Housing

Francis Court






This 12-unit facility was opened in February of 2006 by FaithWorks for homeless families with children. It offers these families a safe and secure setting to obtain case management, educational classes, counseling, and support services to help them become self sufficient again. The various services and classes may be on-site or off and coordinated with other key players in the community.

But the greatest impact is with the children. One teen-age boy was asked what he might like for his birthday: he simply said he had his biggest wish already fulfilled — a nice place to live. Even a room of his own to sleep in. No more sleeping on floors or couches, stuffing his clothes into a plastic bag, or wondering how the laundry would be done. His biggest reward? The chance finally to invite a friend over to his very own home and not be embarrassed.

SHIFT Housing for the Chronic Homeless

The chronically homeless mentally ill population typically has not accessed consistent support to assist with the management of symptoms or link with community agencies for assistance in coping with life’s demands, including obtaining housing, benefits, vocational counseling, and medical treatment. These individuals may also have alcohol and drug issues, and could include aged-out foster youth.

Homeless Woman









In 2005, fourteen permanent supportive housing vouchers were awarded to Northern Valley Catholic Social Services (NVCSS) to assist in this effort. The Shasta Housing Intervention for Transition (SHIFT) program offers affordable housing coupled with ongoing case management and supportive services for these persons with severe mental illness. The supportive services are provided through Shasta County Mental Health

NVCSS contracts with local landlords to obtain rental units for these individuals and assists them become stable and as self-sufficient as possible. A primary need for them is a secure, affordable living environment situated close to transportation and community resources. Other specific supportive services needs of these clients include: tenant training, financial security, social support, legal services and support, mental and physical health care, employment opportunities, education opportunities, pre-vocational training, rehabilitation and transportation. All supportive services are provided in a manner which emphasizes client choice and dignity.

The local CoC submits funding applications to HUD annually to offer programs and activities to assist homeless families and individuals in the Shasta County region.


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